26. “King Solomon: Man of Wisdom, Man of Foolishness”

Solomon may be most famous for his wisdom and his later disobedience, but perhaps his greatest contribution to Israel was the building of the Temple, where Israelites would worship God for the next four hundred years.

“1 Kings 1-11 Solomon: Man of Wisdom, Man of Foolishness,” Old Testament Student Manual Kings-Malachi
Notes and commentary on these chapters, explaining historical points and identifying people. Solomon apparently received revelation about the pattern for the temple, and its building in only seven years was an “epoch–making event.”

“Dedications,” Tad Callister, Encyclopedia of Mormonism
In the Bible the first recorded dedicatory prayer is that of the Temple of Solomon (1 Kgs. 8:22–53), at which time the glory of the Lord filled the temple, in divine approval.This article places that temple dedication in the context of modern dedications.

“‘That I May Dwell among Them’: Liminality and Ritual in the Tabernacle,” Daniel L. Belnap, Ascending the Mountain of the Lord: Temple, Praise, and Worship in the Old Testament
The Temple of Solomon created a space that separated the people from the ordinary world. This article discusses the function of items in Solomon’s Temple and the meaning of Temple rituals. In this space, worship is an action that one performs. Sacrifice is an atonement that makes a person holy and renews covenants.

“The Garden of Eden, the Ancient Temple, and Receiving a New Name,” Alex Douglas, Ascending the Mountain of the Lord: Temple, Praise, and Worship in the Old Testament
The Temple of Solomon recreated the Garden of Eden, including the naming of things. There is ritual renaming in the Temple.

Video and bibliographic resources at The Academy for Temple Studies:

Margaret Barker, “Restoring Solomon’s Temple,” Video and Online PDF book

John W. Welch, “The Temple, the Sermon on the Mount, and the Gospel of Matthew,” with a section on the definition of a Temple text, video and online PDF book

“Preexistence in Hellenic, Judaic, and Mormon Sources,” David Winston, Reflections on Mormonism: Judaeo–Christian Parallels
Drawing on the Wisdom of Solomon, a book of the Apocrypha, Winston looks at the similarities and differences between Mormon and Jewish–Hellenistic teachings on pre–existent souls and the creation.